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I have not heard other readings of the sonnets, so I don't know how this one compares with the others available. But the narrator's voice is pleasant and generally easy to follow (although he sometimes reads a little too fast for my taste).
But what I like most about this recording are the musical interludes (each lasting approx. 30-60 seconds) that precede each group of six sonnets. The music seems to date from the Tudor era and is played on the lute and/or similar plucked instruments. Whoever chose the music did an excellent job, I think, because the pieces are consistently of the highest quality. (Fortunately there is no music playing DURING the readings, but only before them.)
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No sentimentality. Nothing pretentious or showy. Just the sonnets as they were meant to be. It's the real deal in its entirety.
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Alex Jennings is the best of the few in his generation who can do this very particular performance superbly (Brian Shelley, possibly, is my equal favourite)
We should all be listening to them from this week onwards - it was 20 May 1609 that WS took em in to be published !
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